U.S. 190 Copperas Cove Reliever Wins ACEC Texas Gold
The U.S. 190 Copperas Cove Reliever Project received a Gold Medal in the Environmental category as part of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas Engineering Excellence Awards. ACEC Texas has recognized outstanding engineering achievements with Engineering Excellence Awards since 1975. Entrants are judged based on innovation, value to the engineering profession, social and economic considerations, complexity and successful fulfillment of client needs.
The $46.5 million highway stretches 6 miles around the south end of Copperas Cove, Texas, and passes through the former site of a closed municipal landfill. During construction, the waste was removed, relocated and properly re-closed on adjacent landfill property. The project team took careful precautions to avoid environmental contamination during the process. HDR served as lead environmental and engineering planner, engineering designer and construction administrator for the project.
The highway increases accessibility for the 45,000 soldiers and 9,000 civilian employees coming to and from nearby Fort Hood, one of the world’s largest U.S. Army bases. The two-lane facility also eases congestion in the city’s commercial district and projects to save $20 million in reduced accident costs in the area over the next 20 years.
"Many people have contributed to this achievement, dating back to the early days of the environmental process more than 20 years ago," said Vicki McCullough, senior roadway project manager at HDR. "It’s an honor to see collaboration among so many entities come together to benefit the region."
In addition to its unique accomplishment of relocating a landfill, the Copperas Cove Reliever also set a precedent for documentation. The project marked the first in the state to conduct the environmental assessment concurrently as part of a major investment study. The effort also helped pioneer a new funding structure known as “Pass Through Funding” — under which the city advanced funds for the project up front, and will be paid back by the Texas Department of Transportation over time.
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